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Garden daybed

Create this stylish garden daybed from fence palings and Resene Waterborne Woodsman – perfect for relaxing over the warmer months.

Ways with wood with Mark Rayner - Project 77

Difficulty level: Challenging

You will need: 50mm exterior screws,75mm x 100mm fence post (2.4m long), 2m fence palings (x6), 2.4m fence paling, paintbrush, paint stirrer, pencil, Resene Waterborne Woodsman tinted to Resene Bleached Riverstone, sandpaper, saw, screwdriver, set square, stiff-bristled brush, tape measure.

To get the look: Mark painted the background summer house wall with Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Alabaster.

Other ideas: For a rich red effect, stain the daybed with Resene Waterborne Woodsman tinted to Resene Totem Pole.

Step 1
Step one
Measure, mark and cut four 450mm lengths from the fence post to form the legs of the daybed.
Step 2
Step two
Cut the remainder of the fence post into a 520mm length and cut the 2.4m fence paling into four 520mm lengths.
Step 3
Step three
Attach the legs to two of the 2m lengths of fence paling, as shown. Fix with 50mm screws.
Step 4
Step four
On a flat surface, assemble the base of the daybed, as shown, fixing with 50mm screws.
Step 5
Step five
Turn the base the right way up and fix the four remaining fence palings in place to form the top.
Step 6
Step six
Sand any rough edges with coarse sandpaper and brush off any sanding residue with a stiff-bristled brush.
Step 7
Step seven
Carefully stir the Resene Waterborne Woodsman with a paint stirrer.
Step 8
Step eight
Apply two coats of Resene Waterborne Woodsman to the daybed, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

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